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Publisher's Summary

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin", Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)
"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." (Mark Twain)
"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny - oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)

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  • Robert
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States
  • 08-10-11

Not funny, boring and could not wait for it to end

I know this book has gotten a lot of high marks, but this one was just not for me. I think I laughed once during this entire book. I like 30 Rock but it is not one of my favorites, still this book pales in comparison to the show. I'm sure that Tina is a very funny person but I feel that this book has been over-edited and as a result it is just a bunch of watered down unfunny stories.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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It was just OK

With all the buildup from previous reviews, I expected something really hilarious. The hilarious moment came in one of the first few chapters when she talked about "coming of age." After that it was just so-so. A few moments of minor chuckling, but nothing like I was led to believe. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not as funny as I expected

I love Tina Fey's work on SNL. I really expected to love this book. Many of the reviewers talked about laughing out loud. That rarely happened to me while reading this. The book is sometimes funny and I enjoyed some of the background stories. But I found the author somewhat self-absorbed. I don't know what I was expecting, but I came away from this book liking Tina Fey a little bit less.

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  • Moire
  • Linden, VA, United States
  • 11-03-12

We are each the hero of our own story

I expected better audio quality and that the anecdotes would be funnier. I did get to learn just how far apart Liz Lemon and Tina Fey really are as people. Never noticed the scar on Tina Fey's face -- now I keep looking for it. Amusing, but I wanted more from an award winning comedy writer and actress that blue liquid into a maxi-pad.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected, based on reviews

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, even sample of audible inadequately reflects book

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

A bit too foul - language/graphic characterization

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

Author genuinely delivered this short book w/ graphic detail!!

Was Bossypants worth the listening time?

Yes, I learned that I should skip future 'audible' works by author!

Any additional comments?

Not enjoyable for me!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Warren
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 04-07-11

Tina Fey broke my new SUV

With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.

That's not the funny part.

I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.

Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.

492 of 542 people found this review helpful

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SNL Script Development

It reads as if Tina is trying out for SNL and pitching scenes. I was hoping for her just to strip all of the inneuendos and comical parodies and just speak as if she was talking to one candidly. There is no doubt that she is an incredible writer and it shows in this book but I was looking for something more than another validation of her comical genius.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Just ok

This book was not that interesting to me and did not hold my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who was into celebrities and liked Tina Fey. She did a good job performing this book. I think the rating reflects my feelings about the book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Can't anyone be funny without swearing? :(

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I didn't make it through the book...in fact I didn't listen to very much at all. I have small children and I prefer not to have swearing and F-bombs pop out while I'm listening in the house with them. So I'm sure that won't bother most, obviously she is very popular and good at what she does....it's just not for me. Wish I had returned the book when I could have. Oh well.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Observed

Did not finish. Talked too fast and too much detail. Got bored.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jules
  • 03-12-17

boss!

love it. have listened many times. everytime something new makes me laugh. must read for any female comedian fan.